Culture and Cosmos is a peer-reviewed academic journal in the history of astrology and cultural astronomy published by the Sophia Centre Press in partnership with the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, Faculty of Humanitiies and the Performing Arts, at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David

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Volume 16

Nebulae (emission / absorption)

Courtney Wrenn


My presentation consists of a collage on panel. Using colour laser copies of nebulae, the dual composition recombines torn pieces of several nebular images. Optically entangled from light colour patterns, the focus of each nebula resembles the opposing behaviour of absorption and emission nebula. The collages include false colour composite astronomical images to extend the visualization beyond the limits of the human eye. The subtleties of infrared and x-ray interpreted light appear to observe extra-dimensions that we intellectually understand. The layered torn paper creates forms for visual experience/contemplation. The pseudonym, scrapworm, names the allegory of my creative process. This identity is a human perspective on witnessing the passage of time and figuratively identifies with more subtle entanglements of living systems dynamics. I have recently been working with astronomical data acquired by space telescopes in my fine art collage work. The nebulae collages seek to create discourse on the time-bending implied by transmitting optical data through deep space (as related to the limit the of speed of light as well as emerging paradigms on the electric universe, quantum dynamics, and null physics).

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